Monday, May 23, 2011

The end of the world...

So most of us know that Saturday/Sunday was predicted to be the Rapture.

Christ’s return.

Now, I didn’t believe it. Basically because of this:

Mat 24:36 No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, [fn] but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left. "Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.

Pretty clear right there that is says we won’t know when Christ will return.

But we do know this:

Each day we are one day closer to Christ’s return.

Each day we are one day closer to the end of our world.

No matter how old or young you are this statement is true.
We are all born and start to die.
We are all here for only a certain number of days.
And just like God knows the number of hairs on our heads, he knows what day will be our last.

We MUST BE READY- Matthew 24:44
Because he will come when we don’t expect him.

Sometimes I think this also means we may go when we don’t expect to.

Yesterday evening we had some pretty bad storms in our area.
Just miles down the road in a town I frequented often when I was younger, a town where my younger sister attended college for a few years, their storms were much worse.

Homes & Businesses were destroyed.
For some life will never be the same.
People died…right now the current total is 89.
Some have gone to meet God now.
And it is devastating and tragic.

And I wonder, how many of those weren’t expecting the end.
How many weren’t ready? And how many were?

No matter how devastating and tragic the tornados and destruction is in Joplin, the true tragedy is for the ones who weren’t ready to meet God.
It just makes my heart ache.

And please know my heart does ache as well for those left with the destruction and loss from these horrible storms.
My heart and my prayers are with all of those who are going through this.
Now is the time for Christians in our area (myself included) to step up and help in ways we can.
If by no other means than prayer.
God can take this bad situation and use it for good.
And I believe he will.

If you’re interested in helping financially for the victims of yesterday’s storms here are a few links with information.  

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